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Previewing Key Non-Conference Matchups for Men’s Basketball

Before Big Ten conference play begins on December 30 with a matchup against Maryland, MSU faces a brutal non-conference schedule that will test head coach Tom Izzo’s young team right away. Sure, there are some cupcakes along the way with home games against Loyola (Chicago), Arkansas-Pine Bluff and The Citadel, but there are some grisly showdowns on the horizon.

Here is a preview of the biggest games of the non-conference schedule. Read More…

Wrestling Soars at EMU Open

The Michigan State wrestling team went 2-1 at the Eastern Michigan Duals on Saturday in Ypsilanti. The Spartan squad defeated Kent State (32-7) and Olivet College (44-0) and lost the match to Chattanooga (24-13).

Nick McDiarmid (197) John Rizqallah (184) Roger Wildmo (157) and Javier Gasca (133) went 3-0 on the day, setting the bar for MSU. Read More…

Cross Country Runs a Straight Path to Nationals

Michigan State cross country carved a clear path to nationals this Friday at the NCAA Great Lakes Regional Championship at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The women placed first and men second in their races to receive automatic bids to the NCAA National Cross Country Championship in Terre Haute, Indiana next week.

The No.1 ranked women ran to a first-place finish in the 6K race with 28 total points. This is the team’s sixth regional title. Read More…

Opinion: Spartan Hoops Need Stronger Starter Showing

MSU men’s basketball opened the regular season last Friday against Navy in Annapolis, Maryland. While the Spartans enjoyed the hospitality of the Midshipmen during the week, the actual game was anything but a polite affair.

The Spartans squeaked out a 64-59 victory. Read More…

Spartan Football Bounces Back at Maryland

COLLEGE PARK, MD. – Special teams and defense were key in No. 12 Michigan State’s road to a 37-15 victory over Maryland.

A rarity for this season, Connor Cook was unable to find the end zone for the entire game.  Cook had sixteen consecutive games with a touchdown pass until Saturday. Michael Geiger picked up the slack for Michigan State’s offense, making three out of four field goal attempts, all in the first half. Read More…

Men’s Swim and Dive Falls to Notre Dame

The MSU men’s swim and dive team was defeated by Notre Dame Friday night, 171-127.

The Fighting Irish started the night with a win in the 200 medley relay, and ended the night beating out the Spartan men in the 400 freestyle relay.

In between the first and last events, MSU swimmers had some strong performances that stood out to head coach Matt Gianiodis. Read More…

Men’s Hockey Drops Another Close Game

The Spartans closed out a rough non-conference schedule with a 3-2 loss to Boston College Friday night at Munn. Eight different Eagles registered a point and Thatcher Demko made 31 saves in the win for Boston College.

With Boston College coming into the game losing four of their last five, Michigan State needed to jump on the Eagles early, but the start did not go to plan. Read More…

Merchantaries – #5 – 11/15/14

Merchantaries is back for another season of Michigan State women’s basketball.

On this episode, host Jennifer Aldridge and co-host Jalen Walker discuss the preseason and what to expect from the No. 14 Spartans this season.

MSU tips-off their season on Sunday against Eastern Michigan at 2 p.m. Read More…

Spartan Red Zone – #27 – 11/14/14

COLLEGE PARK, MD. — Impact Sports has taken over Maryland! Spartan Red Zone host Dan Tyler and beat writer Bradley Allen recorded this week’s podcast live from the Day’s Inn College Park. Impact Izzone hosts Andrew Hayes and Blake Froling also made the trip from East Lansing to Maryland for an MSU sports-filled weekend.

While Hayes and Froling attend the Veterans Classic to cover Michigan State versus Navy in Annapolis, MD., the Spartan Red Zone hosts discuss the Spartans’ loss to Ohio State last week and preview tomorrow’s game at Maryland. Read More…

Spartans Escape Navy

There was nothing pretty about it but Michigan State started the regular season off on the right foot with a 64-59 win over Navy.

The Spartans looked sluggish all game and struggled mightily to establish an inside presence. MSU had several runs in the first half but the lead never eclipsed eight points.

“We didn’t do the things we needed to do to be successful,” head coach Tom Izzo said.

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Harvick Dominates in the Desert, Championship Four Field Set

It was no secret that Kevin Harvick was the clear favorite heading into last weekend’s Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. He had been the fastest driver all year, thanks to Rodney Childers and the whole No. 4 team at Stewart-Haas Racing. It was only a question of if he could deliver under the pressure in a literal “must-win” situation. He needed to win the race to clinch an automatic bid into the championship round, and he did exactly that – in dominating fashion.

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Weekend Hockey Preview: Boston College

The game is here.

Michigan State hockey’s non-conference game against Boston College is one that fans may have circled on their calendars at the start of the season.

Michigan State (3-5-0) will face off against No. 8 Boston College (4-5-0) this Friday at Munn Ice Arena. Read More…

Statistical Breakdown of Men’s Soccer vs. Maryland

It is Big Ten Tournament time for men’s soccer and it is no surprise the games are amplifying in magnitude.

Michigan State will face Maryland on Friday and both teams would love to secure a spot in the Big Ten Championship game, set to be held on Sunday.

Although both teams are expected to make the national tournament, a win could burgeon the stock of either one. Maryland comes in favored with the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten and home-field advantage. However, the defending runner-ups know from prior engagements the strength of the East Lansing side. Read More…

Corner Kick – Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament Semifinals

The Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals are long gone and the semifinals are now about to kick off on Nov. 14 with the No. 2 seed Ohio State Buckeyes going up against the No. 6 seed Indiana Hoosiers at 1 p.m. Later that day, the No. 1 seed Maryland Terrapins go up against No. 5 seed Michigan State Spartans at 3:40 p.m. on Big Ten Network.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and Travis Clark, reporter for topdrawersocer.com, discuss the two semifinal matchups. Read More…

Corner Kick – NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament Preview

Conference play and tournaments are done. The field of 68 has been selected by the NCAA committee and Friday, Nov. 14 kicks off the 2014 NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. For some teams it will be a long road to Boca Raton, Florida, and for some it will be an easier road.

Brooks Laimbeer, host of Corner Kick, and Travis Clark, reporter for topdrawersoccer.com, break down the field of 68 and predict who has a chance to make it to Boca Raton for the College Cup and to win it all. Read More…

The Fighting Irish Come to Spartan Territory

Notre Dame men’s swimming and diving will be making their way to MSU this Friday.

So far this season, Notre Dame has swam against Olivet Nazarene at their own 50th Annual Dennis Stark Relays. ND came out on top at the relays, beating Olivet 240-140. ND lost when they faced Purdue, falling 161-139. Read More…

Spartans Salivate for EMU Open

The grapplers of Sparta have their next open event this coming Saturday in Ypsilanti at the EMU Open. The Spartans, coming off a successful MSU Open, look to continue their momentum before starting off the long season of dual meets. A couple of wrestlers to keep an eye on at the open are John Rizqallah, Nick McDiarmid and Garth Yenter.

Rizqallah, the 184-pound wrestler, qualified for the NCAA Championships last year. This is Rizqallah’s senior year at MSU, so you can be sure that he will leave it all on the mat night after night. Not to mention, Rizqallah has a wrestling style all his own on the mat. Read More…

Lions Den – #21 – 11/12/14

The Cardiac Cats were at it again on Sunday as the Lions came back in the final minute to defeat the Miami Dolphins 20-16.

On this episode of Lions Den, hosts Michael Higer, Louis Bilotta and Chris Boggus break down the Lions’ come-from-behind victory.

Later on the show, Michael throws down some rapid-fire questions on all four teams in the NFC North and the guys preview the Lions’ Week 10 matchup with the first place Arizona Cardinals. Stay tuned to hear which host is not buying the Lions’ chances on Sunday. Read More…

Munn Celebrates Its 40th Birthday

In 1950, ice hockey returned as a varsity sport to Michigan State University after a 19-year hiatus that started in 1931. That year, the team went 0-14 but it had a new home at Demonstration Hall. The Spartans would stay there for 24 seasons and one national championship before a new arena was built right across the street in Dem Hall’s backyard.

The new arena hosted its first Spartan hockey game on Oct. 25, 1974. People packed in to watch Michigan State take on Laurentian University. The Spartans would have to wait until the next day to register their first win in their new home, as they defeated the Voyageurs 4-1 to split the series. Read More…

Athlete of the Week – Leah O’Connor

Two weeks ago at the Cross Country Big Ten Championship, Michigan State was not only able to claim the team title but also the individual champion, Leah O’Connor, as their own.

O’Connor has a history of success both on the cross country course and the track, and last week was named the Big Ten Cross Country Athlete of the Year. She is also currently the 2014 national champion in steeplechase. Read More…

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